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My Time In Texas + 7 Ways to Serve Lean Beef

Posted by ReganJonesRD
August 07, 2014
My Time In Texas + 7 Ways to Serve Lean Beef

[Disclosure: The trip referenced in this post was paid for by the National Cattlemen's Association. I was not compensated for my time to attend, nor am I being compensated to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own.]


My Time In Texas + 7 Ways to Serve Lean Beef

Among family and friends, when I say my “time in Texas” it usually means the period of 2+ years I spent in the suburbs of Dallas-Ft Worth. Those were some good times I tell ya! My 1st son was a tiny little guy, and my 2nd son (now 4 1/2 years old) was hanging out in Heaven waiting to get his assignment to the Jones family. He came into being there and was born in Texas (Lucky him. He gets to call himself a native Texan)… although his residency was a mere 6 weeks. That’s when we loaded up, headed back east and were forced lucky enough to make the Augusta, Georgia area our home. I don’t get back there much, but was fortunate to be hosted on a trip to Texas earlier this summer courtesy of the National Cattlemen’s Association.

My Time In Texas + 7 Ways to Serve Lean Beef

Here at Healthy Aperture we strive to celebrate healthy food. When you talk “healthy” food, sometimes the macro- and micro-nutrient content of food can overshadow the other aspects of healthy eating — enjoyment, mindful eating, communal experiences, humane farming, sustainability, etc. I get the impression that the view of cattlemen is that they’re only concerned with stuff like taste and profits. But my time in Texas left me with a different view.

My Time In Texas + 7 Ways to Serve Lean Beef

While I only saw the farming (or ranching, rather) side of things on my trip, as I often am when I meet folks within the production side of agriculture, I was thoroughly impressed with everyone I met — from the cattlemen and women who own the ranches (...and just also happen to be the stars of the movie Farmland)...

My Time In Texas + 7 Ways to Serve Lean Beef the PhD who helped me understand cattle digestion (you know you’re jealous of that info... and yes, in Texas, PhDs wear cowboy hats, thank you very much)

My Time In Texas + 7 Ways to Serve Lean Beef the RD who works to help educate consumers about ways to cook with lean beef.

But it wasn’t all just cowboy hats, corrals, windmills and wranglers <-- see what I did there.

My Time In Texas + 7 Ways to Serve Lean Beef


We talked through many of the hot button issues of the day including sustainability, humane farming practices, cattle digestion (jealous again?), and even dipped into things like probiotic use in feed for the future. I could frankly sit in a room for days and discuss these things… but I’m guessing most of you would rather get busy cooking. So we’ve got you covered! 

One of the main advantages to modern-day beef production is the ability to produce a leaner, protein-packed {tasty} cut of meat. In fact, nowadays somewhere around 65 percent of all beef cuts in the fresh meat department are considered "lean."

You won't find many fat-phobes around here at Healthy Aperture, but we are a group who appreciates the value of lean protein... especially when it's versatile and recipe-friendly.

So here are our Top 7 Ways to Serve Lean Beef:

My Time In Texas + 7 Ways to Serve Lean Beef

Crockpot Pot Roast via Miso Ginger

Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip via Jessica Gavin

Whiskey Steaks with Asparagus Puree via The Wholesome Pursuit 

Sirloin Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette via Civalized Caveman Cooking

Lightened Up Steak & Cheese Subs via The Scrumptious Pumpkin 

Pistachio-Crusted Flank Steak with Peach Puree via Running to the Kitchen 

Grilled Top Sirloin with Strawberry Salsa via Peanut Butter and Peppers



Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including,, and She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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